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Friday, March 16, 2018

Spring Outlook Snowy To Start, Warmer To End

Regional | by Fadi Didi  

Senior Climatologist says more snowfalls on the way, well past the first official day of Spring.

Don't hold your breath waiting for warm Spring weather.

Environment Canada Senior Climatologist David Phillips says the first half of the season is likely to remain cold.

Current weather models show a continuing trend of several cold days, followed by a day or two of melting before temperatures revert back to around the freezing mark.

As for the snow, more is expected.

In Midwestern Ontario, Phillips says it is normal to get 15-18 centimetres of snowfall after the first day of Spring.

That is roughly 8-9 per cent of the average annual snowfall.

Phillips tells us April temperatures are usually 7-8 degrees warmer than March, making it a stronger month for maple syrup producers.

The average daytime temperature for our area this March is 0 degrees, so far.

Meantime, Phillips forecasts warmer temperatures for the second half of Spring, calling for more outdoor-type weather by the time Victoria Day is upon us.

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